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The Salisbury Association Land Trust has acquired a 54-acre parcel of land, now known as the Shostak Preserve, along Route 7 in Salisbury (with a little bit in Sharon).

The land was donated by Carolyn Lu, the widow of Mitchell Shostak. There was a brief and informal ceremony at the Shostak cottage on the banks of the Housatonic River on Sunday, Aug. 12.

George Massey, from the Land Trust, said the land abuts the Appalachian Trail and the general vicinity of the intersection of routes 7 and 112.

The acquisition of the land, which will be preserved intact, with no...

Salisbury

Encore: consignments on Main Street

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Encore, a new consignment shop on Main Street in Salisbury, has been jumping right from the get-go — even during its soft opening on Friday, March 18.
Proprietor Dana Scarpa was whizzing around the shop, consulting with the customers (most of them were female), answering questions and doing it all in a pink blouse and green pants.
“I’m from Essex,” she said by way of explanation.
Scarpa sees Encore as a place where the entire family can find clothing and accessories “for a very reasonable price” — including items for men, kids and plus-size women.

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Parents ask for, get another teacher

Budget hearing will be April 14
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SALISBURY — The Board of Education on Monday, March 28, voted to present a $4.7 million 2011-12 budget for Salisbury Central School to the Board of Finance next month.
The totals are $4,743,303, an increase of $117,143, or 2.53 percent.
The latest version of the budget calls for 22 teachers. Coming into the regular monthly meeting, the board was working with a budget draft that had 21 teachers, an additional $72,578 in spending (1.57 percent), for a total of $4,698,738.

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Real Estate Transfers

SALISBURY — The following property transfers were  recorded at Town Hall:
Residential: $500,000
to $1 million
Aug. 5, 2010 , 40 Salmon Kill Road from Alvin and Alexandra Wilkinson to Fergal Walsh and Nicola Bonham, $885,000.
Aug. 19, 178 Wells Hill Road from Angela Engle to Margaret Rice (trustee), $574,000.
Sept. 17, 24 Burton Road  from Sarah Carr-Walsh to William Roesler and Bonnie Wyman, $580,000.

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S-p-l-a-s-h!

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LAKEVILLE — It was one of those ice-cutting years for the annual Spring Splash at Lake Wonoscopomuc. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 20, Jacquie Rice had cleared out a reasonable area off the beach at the Grove, but before the actual splashing began volunteer firefighters Tim Villano, Marie Castagna and Chris Ohmen jumped on the thick ice to break it up.
The water temperature was 31 degrees; the air temperature 44 degrees.
It was sunny, though, which helped.

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Members chosen for transfer station group — but not without controversy

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SALISBURY — The members of the transfer station building committee for the new Salisbury-Sharon transfer station were announced at the Thursday, March 17, meeting of the Salisbury-Sharon Resource Recovery Authority (SSRRA).
From Salisbury: Charlie Kelley, John Allee, Peggy O’Brien, Rod Lankler and Charlie Oulette (alternate).
From Sharon: Bill Braislin, Selectman Meg Szalewicz, Jim Vaughan, John Perotti and Tom Bartram (alternate).
Transfer Station Manager Brian Bartram (a Salisbury resident) is an ex officio member.

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Franco images at gallery

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Photographer Angel Franco is many people, and he goes by many names. Most people call him Franco (pronounced more like Fronco, with a slight Latin trill on the R).
“If you can pronounce Angel, call me that,” he says. But of course that’s not angel like the ones in heaven and on Valentine cards, but on-Hel (with a slight Latin burr on the H).
Or if you know him really well, from the old days growing up in the outer boroughs of New York City, you might call him Pichi, pronounced like peachy.
“Pichi, not Peach,’” he emphasizes. “Don’t call me Peach.”

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Selectmen whittle away at spending plan

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Thursday afternoon, March 17, and removed $88,387 in proposed spending from the third draft version of the proposed municipal budget for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1, 2011).
Draft budget number four has a bottom line of $4,960,596, an increase over this year’s budget of $66,779, or 1.3 percent.
Draft budget number three, which First Selectman Curtis Rand said last week needed to be whittled down, called for $5,048,983, an increase of $155,166 or 3.1 percent.

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An offering of cranes, and peace, to Japan

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SALISBURY — Sunday school students at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury spent Sunday morning, March 20, making origami cranes and learning about the recent tragedies in Japan.
Karen LeSage and Deborah Carter (who is married to the Rev. John Carter, the minister at St. John’s) had seven youngsters (and one reporter) folding thin pieces of paper to produce the cranes.
Two of the children were visitors: Nick and Sandy Rauch, from Beaufort, S.C. The Rauches (with their parents, Bill and Sarah) were in town visiting friends.

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Region One fourth-graders devote entire day to the arts

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LAKEVILLE — Fourth-grade students from the Region One School District public elementary schools spent Wednesday, March 9, at The Hotchkiss School for the popular Fourth-Grade Arts Day.
There were 16 workshops in the intensive day-long program, with three performances interspersed throughout the day.
Lisa Jones exhorted the students who were at work on decorating Ukrainian eggs. “Be bold!” she urged. “Get some color in there!”

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Budgets final look April 12 and 14

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The draft budget presented by First Selectman Curtis Rand to the Board of Finance on March 3 has a bottom line figure of $5,048,983, which represents an increase of 3.1 percent over this year’s spending plan.
“I think it’s too high,” Rand said in an interview Monday, March 14.

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